HARRISONBURG, Va., June 29, 2010 - Closer Kevin Munson (Roanoke, Va./Cave Spring), first baseman Trevor Knight (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield), and outfielder Matt Browning (Mystic, Conn./Fitch) represented James Madison on the VaSID University Division All-State Baseball Team as announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors on Tuesday.
Munson and Knight were First Team selections in the university division, comprised of all NCAA Division I institutions in Virginia. Browning was chosen to the organization's Second Team.
George Mason shortstop Ryan Soares was VaSID Player of the Year. Virginia ace Danny Hultzen was Pitcher of the Year, VMI second baseman Corey Spangenberg was Rookie of the Year, and Virginia Tech's Pete Hughes was Coach of the Year.
Munson, a fourth-round selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, was the CAA Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Region, and has so far been named an All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger, and Ping!Baseball. He went 8-1 with 10 saves, a 1.64 ERA, and 70 strikeouts in 55 innings pitched. His 10 season saves and 23 career saves are both JMU records. His 2.35 career ERA is second in JMU history and fourth all-time in the Colonial Athletic Association. While NCAA stats are not complete until the end of the College World Series, Munson currently ranks top six nationally in ERA, fewest hits allowed (33), fewest runs allowed (13), opponent average (.174), and fewest hits surrendered per nine innings (5.40).
Knight was First Team All-CAA after a productive season at first base. The two-way threat was limited on the pitching mound by injuries but proceeded to hit .360 with 80 hits, 17 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, and 15 steals. His 24-game hitting streak during the season ranks in the top 10 in JMU history. He ranked 11th in the CAA with a .649 slugging percentage, fifth with 61 runs, seventh in hits, fourth in triples, sixth in home runs, sixth in total bases (144), and fifth in steals. He was third in the CAA in hits in league play with 44 along with fifth in homers (8), first in runs (34), first in total bases (81), and sixth in slugging (.743). Heading into his senior season in 2011, Knight currently sits just outside the top 10 in JMU history with a .367 career average and 30 home runs.
Browning was a 43rd-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners following a stellar senior season and the culmination of a standout four years in the purple and gold. The First Team All-CAA selection set JMU's career doubles record with 67, thanks to 23 in his senior campaign, a total which ranks fifth in terms of JMU season highs. Within the CAA, he ranked 11th in average (.378), 13th in slugging percentage (.641), eighth in on-base percentage (.476), 10th in runs (58), ninth in hits (79), second in doubles (23), 11th in total bases (134), and 11th in walks (35). In addition to his doubles record, Browning finished in the top 10 in several career categories at JMU, including fifth in at bats (758), fifth in hits (267), eighth in RBIs (168), 10th in home runs (31), and sixth in total bass (435).